Recent legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents of middle and high school athletes and other adults such as coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, and school nurses receive educational materials on the potential dangers of opioid use and misuse. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and MassTAPP collaborated to provide action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes.

It’s the state’s greatest public health threat – addiction to powerful opioid painkillers. This epidemic kills about four people each day in the Commonwealth. But you can help. By changing the way you think about, talk about and treat people with addiction. Get the facts and embrace a community that needs our support. Join us as we make Massachusetts a #StateWithoutStigMA.

Substance abuse prevention is important, life-saving work – and your community needs to know about what you are doing to make a difference. This toolkit distills key communications planning concepts and evidence-based strategies into short, easy-to-read sections; offers interactive activities to help you to understand how these concepts relate to your community’s work in substance abuse prevention; and provides tips, exercises, and worksheets that will guide you to apply what you are learning to the context of your community.

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), a model developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is a resource for municipalities, individuals, organizations, community coalitions, and other groups. It guides the selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based, culturally appropriate, sustainable interventions to prevent and/or reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse in Massachusetts. This online tool provides  guidance for applying the SPF process to the prevention of prescription drug misuse.

The Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse Web site provides free health promotion materials for Massachusetts residents, health care providers, and social service providers available for free either by download or mail order for physical copies.

About Us

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) supports communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in addressing substance abuse prevention. Our expert staff offers technical assistance, capacity building, and resources to Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)-funded programs and other communities across the state.

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